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Northampton, MA
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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I do not really pay attention to that. Nobody actually talks about this.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no greek life at all.

College Junior

Greek Life: We do not have have fraternities or sororities at Smith.

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College Junior

Greek Life: I can not rate because there is no Greek Life on campus

College Freshman

Greek Life: Smith College sadly does not have Greek Life.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 67th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 87th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 732nd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1242nd
    Where Greek Life Rules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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Smith does not have official Greek life, but there are more than 30 houses on campus, each with their own distinctive personalities, traditions, histories, and rivalries. Each house fosters the same sense of community that one would expect to get from a sorority, and many of the houses also reach out to the larger community and participate in service events, just like traditional Greek organizations.

The housing system at Smith allows each student the feeling of acceptance and group participation, as well as a continuation of Smith history and tradition. Like a fraternity or sorority, once placed in a house, most students opt not to leave. This makes for very strong friendships and connections to the house, evidenced by the large number of alumnae who return to their houses for events. The Smith administration correctly advertises the housing system as supportive and essential to each student’s experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 26 responses

  • 96% We don't have Greek life.
  • 4% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 17% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 75% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 12 responses

  • 58% Very difficult.
  • 17% Somewhat difficult.
  • 25% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Very easy.
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